Chilam Cheung Criticized as Ungracious in TV King Loss

By on December 16, 2013 in Hot Gossip!, NEWS

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Chilam Cheung’s (張智霖) popularity rose to unprecedented levels after the broadcast of Triumph in the Skies 2 <衝上雲霄II>, helping him win Best Actor awards in China and Malaysia.  Speculated by the media to repeat the win in Hong Kong, Chilam surprisingly lost the TV King award to Dayo Wong (黃子華). Receiving only the Most Popular Male Character award, Chilam appeared to be disappointed. Pointing to his controversial acceptance award speech, netizens criticized Chilam for behaving ungraciously.

Ill-mannered Acceptance Speech?

“Does TVB not like me? Is it only possible to win the award through popular votes? Biological children are lovable, but when appearing at the necessary and right time, loyal children are very important too!” Chilam said on stage when he received the Most Popular Male Character award at the 2013 TVB Anniversary Awards.

Chilam’s acceptance speech hinted that he was dissatisfied in only receiving a consolation prize. He had declined a lucrative promotional appearance fee of $500,000 HKD to appear at the Anniversary Awards ceremony. Although he is a non-managed artist, Chilam has loyal ties to TVB and often filmed dramas with the station. After the Anniversary Awards ceremony concluded, Chilam met with fans who waited outside TVB Studios and spoke with The Scoop <東張西望>. However, he left without speaking with reporters from TVB’s official magazine publication, which normally interviewed the winners after the Anniversary Awards.

Netizens criticized Chilam for his discourteous acceptance award speech. One person wrote, “It’s already good to win the Most Popular Male Character award! On stage, you spoke so ungraciously! You can’t even act, that’s why you lost [TV King]!”

However, was Chilam only attempting a wry joke when he said TVB did not like him enough to give him the Best Actor Award? Good friend, Christine Ng (伍詠薇), quickly came to his defense on Weibo, “I don’t think that he’s ungracious. Mr. Cheung is definitely a humorous, gracious, and loyal artist.”

Triumph in the Skies 2 star, Francis Ng (吳鎮宇), was asked to comment on his and Chilam’s loss in Best Actor. Francis said, “Of course there are flaws and reasons!”

Anita Asks Chilam to Be Thankful

Anita Yuen braceletChilam’s wife, Anita Yuen (袁詠儀), also provided words of encouragement despite his Best Actor loss. Anita wrote on her Weibo blog, “You were very, very handsome today! Winning the audience’s favor and admiration, this is what an actor needs. Very thankful!” Anita reminded Chilam that with 77,948 viewers voting for his Most Popular Male Character win, there is already good reason to celebrate.

The couple had a bet earlier, and Anita believed that he would not win Best Actor at the TVB Anniversary Awards. Chilam followed through on losing the bet and bought Anita a diamond bracelet.

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This article is written by Jayne for JayneStars.com.

32 comments to Chilam Cheung Criticized as Ungracious in TV King Loss

  1. Gillian says:

    I actually think that Chilam was referring to both himself and Dayo when he meade the non-biological children comment. But no excuse for his behavior after the ceremony though. 🙂

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    • Marvin replied:

      Actually Dayo is a Biological child. It’s just that he wasn’t on screen a lot earlier in his career. He was a PA, a script writer, even a DJ. He had many roles within TVB just not on screen. It was totally sour grapes on behalf of Chilam.

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      • Michael replied:

        Stop over reacting, I don’t think it is sour grapes on his behalf, i think he is just saying what other people have been to scare to say about tvb in the pass. There has always been a element of favouring their “own biological children” at tvb.

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    • G. replied:

      There’s a video showing that Chilam did ask if all the reporters are there (with the fans out there where he opened the champagne blah blah) then he got an answer that ‘ Yes, all the reporters are here, no need to go back to the studio’. Clearly he was unaware about the TVB magazine interview. That after-ceremony video showed a lot about Chilam, he looked happy, but a lot of them just decided to make negative statements about him, which is normal since it’s an annual thingy and the highest honor in TVB.

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  2. louiskooFTW says:

    Chi Lam is NOT a very good speaker to begin with. He has the vibe of arrogance and dry humor. How can he puts himself above Francis Ng, thinking to get the BA. If he wins over Francis, that’s rigged! And giving him this award, is the most suitable one. His Jayden Koo character was indeed, the MOST POPULAR MALE CHARACTER what~ Anyways, part of his speech was quite genuine.. where he thanked Francis Ng.

    Stop criticizing him, him just being himself 😀

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  3. raymond says:

    Hehe, if you noticed TVB started to act very smart. They started to appreciate more people especially the old actors and actresses. All of them felt very touching. And me too when they receiving the awards. Because recently of the HKTV as rivalry. But i forever support TVB and will do whatever it takes to make sure TVB forever and ever. And cannot let others to ruin the industry. Haha, that Dayo’s brother so funny. “not tvb who approve the tv station license, if want to close the tv,should close the government channel, but dont close tvb channel” Wakakaka i LAUGH OUT LOUD
    TVB FOREVER AH!!!! hehehe

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  4. KW says:

    Noob TVB.. Dayo also can win.. WTF. Cant deny that Dayo can act but he is fare behind better than Chilam. Chilam is d best.. TVB is d worst..

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    • sheldon replied:

      support TVB forever.

      Chilam was overly confident and arrogant in his speech

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  5. Scaredy Cat says:

    I’ve never liked him, his acting, or his looks, and I like him even less now after his sarcasm-laced acceptance speech. Neither do I like his wife, whose “lang lang” nickname is something I have never been able to fathom, since she is far from being that.

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    • OMG replied:

      I totally agree with you. Sarcasm-laced is exactly what it is, no matter how his friends try to explain it away.

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    • Cherry replied:

      I don’t like his wife, but she really was pretty back in the days. When she won Miss HK, she was gorgeous. Even though she’s not as pretty now, she’s definitely aged well.

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  6. OMG says:

    I totally agree with you. Sarcasm-laced is exactly what it is, no matter how his friends try to explain it away.

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  7. everybody-has-a-story says:

    probably many people has interpreted Chilam wrongly. Watch this video, he’s doing what is right.
    http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/MzmY8dLR4Bw/

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  8. Teh says:

    I felt his sarcasm there and then live too. Frankly, it was kind of rude of him though. Never been a fan of any artistes but I truly felt Dayo and Francis acting is a class above if one really wants to compare. The netizen commented quite well that he got his most popular is already good enough cos his Jayden Koo character don’t know why it somehow drives tons of female fans crazy and he did not get the TV King cos he was not good in his acting. However, I felt the phrasing is kind of crude.

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    • Teh replied:

      Anyway, Ruco’s BK acting is also better than him not sure where he got the idea that he deserves to win. Among the 5 finalist I could only agree to that his acting is better than Kenneth. It should be all about acting skill not how likable how one looks and how popular one is, if one are talking about “Best” Actor.

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      • raymond replied:

        Getting best actor not 100% depend on acting skill. If you are smart enough ,you should be able to know it by nature. Its important for people to like you as well because its still a voting process. Ruco is lacking of this. His whole package and look, not likeable at all compare with others. This things are fixed and cannot change. Just can blame he has poor fate in life. You need to be likeable if you want to win best actor. Unless really superb strong like Chai Gau wayne lai, then different story, but ruco still not yet that level. But ruco just wont have that fate. At least in the next 5 years also he wont be winning any awards. Sad for him. This is fate just accept it. Unless for best actress really full of possibility. But for male really sorry.

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      • Teh replied:

        I agreed that Best Actor/Actresses needed to be likable as well for TVB award which I felt it is not too right and fair. If one is talking about “best” then we are talking about pure acting skill unlike most popular or my favourite. I’m only interested in their acting cos if one is to talking about “best”. But this year TVB improved and have the highest fair game of all time.

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    • AL replied:

      I agree with you…I used to really like ChiLam because he is very handsome…acting is above average…win the award or not does not matter…but after his speech (which he said it was just a joke)…well it is not funny la…I don’t like him any more! Compare to Francis…for make Francis is a great actor…he was not act like that even he did not win anything! A great actor is a great actor with or without award!

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  9. Peter says:

    If Chilam is work as a TVB Management. He would definitely win TV King.

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    • AL replied:

      does not matter who win the TV King…he has fans…so as Dayo, Franics, Ruco and Kenneth…they all has fans to say that they should be the TV King…But I don’t like to speech or attitude of Chilam after he know he did not win TV King…it just should me that he has low EQ!

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  10. munkimui says:

    Chilam you look so cute! What he said was a joke but also the truth! Dayo Wong are u kidding me I find him to be rude. I’m not his fan at all and don’t find him to be funny compared to other comfeians out there. Don’t even bother giving awards to people that didnt show up when the others are eager to bring home that trophy.

    However, I really did hope Rucco would win! That was such a great performance in brothers keeper. What a great drama even the young man that acted as Rucco did a great job in acting. I find chi lam’s acting to be boring and plain. But nice dimple that a it. Benz should win a long time ago. 40 years to get the award? Kyrstal did great!!!!

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    • unknown replied:

      Lol just because you are not Dayo wong fan it doesn’t mean it doesn’t mean he don’t deserve to win the award.

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  11. justice says:

    I like Dayo Wong and I love his acting, but it’s funny how he got the BA award when his show hasn’t even finished? I’m sure he and all the artists thought so too, which is why when the candidates were choosing who they think will win, Francis chose Dayo…”for humor sake” as he puts it.
    Personally, I think Francis Ng deserved it, but didn’t get it because TVB is afraid of what he will say during his speech, as he can be quite unpredictable and outspoken. 🙂
    As for Chilam’s speech, I didn’t think it was that bad. People are really blowing it out of proportion. If anything, I think he was speaking for Francis!

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    • justice replied:

      Hi-five to Chilam! 🙂 Basically he was saying that they should be happy that no matter how many times they get screwed, they still remain loyal.

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  12. Not sure if Chilam is deserving or not of the title but he definitely is a sweet hubby to have gifted Anita with the coveted Hermes diamond Kelly bracelet! Totally TDF!

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  13. Woot says:

    Watched his speech. It was not funny not matter how you guys think it is. You can tell he was sore about losing out and not even appreciative that he’s got the audience’s votes. Ugh.

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    • AL replied:

      agree…i used to like him because he is handsome…now…not any more or not as much because of his speech…it is not funny…and not appreciation to audience vote and TVB (yes he can say that he help TVB because TVB is lack of good actor now…but after his drama in TVB, he gain a lot of extra job/money–he has said that in other function before)…why can him show some EQ!

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      • OMG replied:

        I hope that like you, more people will come to their senses. A handsome face is not enough, it’s what’s inside that matters more. Hope all this blind adulation and craze over Cool Mor cools (pun unintended) down after people see this man’s true colors.

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  14. Jeannie says:

    Ahhh…Chilam looks super cute in those pictures!

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  15. Panzer says:

    It sounds like he was a bit upset that he gave up 500k for nothing, not that he lost a rigged vote for an empty award.
    I do agree it seems out of character for him to express himself in that way though. I probably wouldn’t be so eloquent if I gave up 500k for that too.

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  16. anonymous says:

    his wife looks like an older sister to him

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  17. Bracelet says:

    Such a coincident. Whether he portrayed Jayden or being Chilam, he must be linked to bracelet.

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